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Need to delete pending MS updates

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by DuncFowler, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. DuncFowler

    DuncFowler Flightless Bird

    A friend asked me to help him with his computer.
    So I went and started applying the updates to his XP machine.

    Well it turns out that he has a VERY small drive and even less memory :-(

    I have downloaded some MS updates but there is not enough room to run them
    let alone let them just remain on the drive

    Where are the pending updates located so I can go and delete them?
     
  2. MowGreen

    MowGreen Flightless Bird

    Start > Run > type in, press Enter or click OK after each command

    net stop wuauserv
    net stop bits

    Show hidden files, folders, and system files:
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial62.html#winxp

    Using Windows Explorer, navigate to
    WINDOWS\Software Distribution\Download

    Delete the contents of the Download subfolder. That's where they are
    first stored when downloaded *unless* there is not enough room on the HD
    in the first place.
    After deleting the downloaded updates, restart the system and the AU
    service will load on Startup. You might want to set it to Disabled until
    you can reclaim enough disk space or upgrade the memory, if possible.


    MowGreen
    ================
    * -343-* FDNY
    Never Forgotten
    ================

    banthecheck.com
    "Security updates should *never* have *non-security content* prechecked

    DuncFowler wrote:
    > A friend asked me to help him with his computer.
    > So I went and started applying the updates to his XP machine.
    >
    > Well it turns out that he has a VERY small drive and even less memory :-(
    >
    > I have downloaded some MS updates but there is not enough room to run
    > them let alone let them just remain on the drive
    >
    > Where are the pending updates located so I can go and delete them?
     
  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    What Mow said...

    But since your friend's computer needs the updates, you'd be better off
    making space for them instead. See...

    WinXP SP3 post-installation cleanup
    http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=33827

    You receive error messages if there is insufficient free disk space on the
    system drive to install [updates]
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956894

    How to reclaim disk space on a Windows XP-based computer that has a hard
    disk capacity of 4 GB or less
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956324

    Error message when you try to install [updates]: "You do not have enough
    free disk space on %SystemDrive% to archive the uninstall files"
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949375

    Keep in mind that everything in

    %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Download <=this folder

    will eventually be removed over time.
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
    www.banthecheck.com


    DuncFowler wrote:
    > A friend asked me to help him with his computer.
    > So I went and started applying the updates to his XP machine.
    >
    > Well it turns out that he has a VERY small drive and even less memory :-(
    >
    > I have downloaded some MS updates but there is not enough room to run them
    > let alone let them just remain on the drive
    >
    > Where are the pending updates located so I can go and delete them?
     
  4. Dunc  Fowler

    Dunc Fowler Flightless Bird

    Mo, Thanks!
    That did it.

    PA Bear, the drive was a 4 gig drive and I had deleted all the programs
    other than Internet explorer and the system files.
    Just no other choice.
    At least now I can install an antivirus program for him... But that is it!

    Thanks again
    Dunc


    On 1/27/10 6:03 PM, in article #wjVb16nKHA.5464@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl,
    "MowGreen" <mowgreen@nowandzen.com> wrote:

    > Start > Run > type in, press Enter or click OK after each command
    >
    > net stop wuauserv
    > net stop bits
    >
    > Show hidden files, folders, and system files:
    > http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial62.html#winxp
    >
    > Using Windows Explorer, navigate to
    > WINDOWS\Software Distribution\Download
    >
    > Delete the contents of the Download subfolder. That's where they are
    > first stored when downloaded *unless* there is not enough room on the HD
    > in the first place.
    > After deleting the downloaded updates, restart the system and the AU
    > service will load on Startup. You might want to set it to Disabled until
    > you can reclaim enough disk space or upgrade the memory, if possible.
    >
    >
    > MowGreen
    > ================
    > * -343-* FDNY
    > Never Forgotten
    > ================
    >
    > banthecheck.com
    > "Security updates should *never* have *non-security content* prechecked
    >
    > DuncFowler wrote:
    >> A friend asked me to help him with his computer.
    >> So I went and started applying the updates to his XP machine.
    >>
    >> Well it turns out that he has a VERY small drive and even less memory :-(
    >>
    >> I have downloaded some MS updates but there is not enough room to run
    >> them let alone let them just remain on the drive
    >>
    >> Where are the pending updates located so I can go and delete them?
     

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